It was on a visit to Macao in 1825 that Sir John Bowring, then governor of Hong Kong, received the inspiration to write his great hymn, "In the Cross of Christ I Glory."
At Macao the early Portuguese colonists erected as one of their first buildings a massive cathedral on the crest of a hill. Three centuries ago, under the assault of a violent typhoon, the cathedral fell, all save the front wall. The cathedral has never been rebuilt & the ponderous facade has stood for 300 years now as a monument to the past.
On top of the facade is a colossal bronze cross silhouetted against the sky, defying rain, lightning & typhoon. It was this cross, towering o'er the wreck of the past that inspired Bowring to write:
"In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o'er the wrecks of time..."
As long as the Church is faithful to the Cross, as long as it holds up to a dying world Christ & Him crucified, it will have power & glory, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
“For I decided that I would speak only of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross.” – Paul (1 Cor 2:2 TLB)
‘God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, "I love you."’ - Billy Graham.